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Devils notebook Feb. 17

Volchenkov returns Friday; Devils make three roster moves

Thursday, 02.17.2011 / 3:58 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Though his Devils are making a real run at the playoffs, Jacques Lemaire doesn't believe that changes anything for Friday's meeting with the Rangers. 

The teams last met on Feb. 3 at the Garden. New Jersey rode goals by Ilya Kovalchuk, Brian Rolston and Dainius Zubrus to a 3-0 lead, then held on for a 3-2 triumph.

"They're ahead of us by a mile," Lemaire said of the Devils' seventh-place rivals. "That hasn't changed. We're still at the same level as we were."

Lemaire shrugged off the Devils-Rangers history for now. No matter who they're playing, his squad needs wins, no matter the opponent. They trail Carolina by 12 points for the final playoff spot in the East.

"It's not the competition against the two there," he said. "They're in the playoffs, we're not. It's just a game that the two teams want to get two points. That's what it is."

A-Train back
Anton Volchenkov has served his three-game suspension, and will return to the lineup Friday. Mark Fraser will sit out.

"It's been a pretty long time," Volchenkov said. "It felt pretty long, but I'm ready to go. No changes. I'll [still play] the same way: hard."

He received the ban for an elbow to the head of Carolina's Zach Boychuk on Feb. 8. Boychuk was reaching for a puck as Volchenkov went for the hit, inadvertantly catching Boychuk up high.

Player moves
The Devils recalled center Jacob Josefson from Albany (AHL), and assigned defenseman Jay Leach. Tim Sestito was placed on waivers. If he clears, Lemaire said Adam Mair will take his place in the lineup on Friday.

Josefson played in six games with New Jersey from Oct. 15-27 before he was sidelined by a hand injury that required surgery.

He returned to the Albany lineup on Jan. 7 and has collected three goals and nine assists in 17 games. He had been centering Matt Anderson and Adam Henrique with the A-Devils.

"I liked it. I got to play a lot and that's what I needed," Josefson said. "I was out for almost two and a half months and needed to play some hockey games. That's what's really good for me."

The hand has definitely improved.

"It's been good," he said. "It's not bothering me at all. I still tape it a little bit, but just to make it better."

He added, "It feels strong."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 34 22 7 5 108 80 49
2 NYI 34 23 11 0 105 94 46
3 MTL 35 22 11 2 95 84 46
4 TBL 36 21 11 4 117 96 46
5 DET 35 18 8 9 100 87 45
6 TOR 35 20 12 3 118 102 43
7 NYR 32 18 10 4 97 83 40
8 WSH 34 17 11 6 99 90 40
9 BOS 35 18 14 3 91 91 39
10 FLA 32 15 9 8 73 82 38
11 PHI 34 14 14 6 97 101 34
12 OTT 34 14 14 6 90 94 34
13 CBJ 33 14 16 3 80 107 31
14 NJD 36 12 17 7 78 104 31
15 BUF 35 13 19 3 69 115 29
16 CAR 34 10 20 4 70 93 24

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 29 9 11 0 20
J. Jagr 35 5 15 -12 20
M. Zidlicky 36 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 24 11 4 -1 15
M. Ryder 34 4 10 -1 14
P. Elias 29 4 9 -16 13
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
E. Gelinas 29 4 6 2 10
S. Bernier 25 2 7 4 9
A. Greene 36 0 9 -2 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 1 1 2 .939 1.75
C. Schneider 11 16 4 .917 2.51